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Statement by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the funeral of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

“Today was a tough day for me and many Canadians.  The funeral of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was heartbreaking.  Our city and country came together to honour and pay tribute to a brave young man and to support the family he left behind.  

“The outpouring of support in response to this tragedy made me proud to be a Hamiltonian.  The strength and resilience of our community is an inspiration.  We all owe a debt of gratitude to those at the historic Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's) not only for today's moving military service, but to their loyal and courageous service to our country for over 110 years.

“Today, Hamiltonians stood in solidarity with our fellow Canadians, with heavy hearts, to say thank you to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. We will never forget his service or sacrifice.”

Statement by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Hamilton’s municipal election

“On behalf of Ontario New Democrats, I would like to congratulate mayor-elect Fred Eisenberger, new and returning city councillors and school board trustees.  Hamiltonians are known for working hard, and this municipal campaign was no exception. 

I was encouraged to see our new council is more reflective of our city’s diversity. This is an exciting time for Hamilton that will only make our city stronger.   

Hamilton will be a more inclusive, progressive and vibrant city with the hard work and leadership of this new city council.”

Statement by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Toronto’s municipal election

“On behalf of Ontario New Democrats, I would like to congratulate mayor-elect John Tory, new and returning city councillors and school board trustees. It was a long and grueling campaign, but now the hard work begins.

“It's time for real, progressive change in Toronto: change that will focus on better transit, more childcare spaces, affordable housing, creating new jobs and breaking the cycle of poverty. 

“We want to build up Toronto, not cut valuable services.  Yesterday, Torontonians elected numerous progressive city councillors and school board trustees.  With their hard work and leadership, Toronto will be a more inclusive and vibrant city.”

NDP MPP Paul Miller receives unanimous consent for book of condolences to honour Hamilton soldier

QUEEN’S PARK — As all of Canada continues to reel from the awful act of brutality that shocked our nation’s capital yesterday, NDP MPP for Hamilton East- Stoney Creek Paul Miller called for unanimous consent to place a book of condolences for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in the Ontario legislature.

“We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss yesterday of Corporal Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment, who was one of my constituents, “ said Miller. “We are grateful for the brave men and women, like Corporal Cirillo, who give their lives in service to our country, something we share in common with all Ontarians.” 

Miller’s request for unanimous consent to have a book of condolences placed in the main lobby of the Legislative Building was granted. 

“All Ontarians are welcome to sign the book to pay our respects to this brave young father,” said Miller. 

The book has been placed in the main lobby and is now available to be signed by MPPs and the public.  

Statement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on shooting in Ottawa

“New Democrats are shocked and saddened by this morning’s tragic events in Ottawa. My heart goes out to the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was killed while standing guard at our National War Memorial.  Cpl. Cirillo bravely served with Hamilton's historic Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders – the 91st Canadian Highlanders. His family, my community of Hamilton, and our country have suffered a great loss today. We will remember him for his service.

Statement from NDP MPP Monique Taylor on Ombudsman Investigation into Unlicensed Child Care

“Last year, I requested that the Ombudsman conduct an investigation into the government’s oversight of unlicensed child care. Today’s scathing report is deeply disturbing for parents like me. It reveals that this Liberal government has systematically failed to do its job to protect kids in unlicensed child care. This isn’t just about an old law that doesn’t work; it’s about a government that has put kids at risk through ‘years of bad administration and neglect,’ in the words of the Ombudsman. From complaints that go uninvestigated, to sloppy records and toothless inspections, it’s hard to see how the government could do a worse job.